Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Modi said that the law for use of masks and norms of social distancing must apply equally to a gram pradhan or the PM, as he emphasised the need to take precautions as the unlock phase unfolds.
“We have also seen that since Unlock-1, there is increasing negligence in personal and social behaviour. Earlier, we were very careful with respect to wearing masks, social distancing and washing of hands for 20 seconds. But today, when we need to be more careful, increasing negligence is a cause of worry,” PM Modi said.
Referring to the onset of the monsoon, the PM said the season was one where coughs and colds increased and there was a need to protect oneself. He cited the example of Bulgarian PM Byoko Borisov, who had to pay a fine for not wearing a mask at a public place recently to underline that there should be no exceptions and called on local administrations to implement Covid norms with zeal and determination.
“We are now entering Unlock-2 in our fight against the corona pandemic. We are also entering the season of increasing cases of cough, cold and fever. I, therefore, request all of you to take special care of yourselves,” Modi said. The PM said India is comparatively in a better position compared to many countries in terms of death rate as timely imposition of lockdown and other decisions saved lakhs of lives.
“We need to focus more on containment zones. Those not following the rules will need to be stopped and cautioned. You must have seen in the news, the PM of a country was fined Rs 13,000 for not wearing a mask in a public place,” the PM said.
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